Textbook deadline 'will not be met'

2012-06-27 16:50

Johannesburg - The department of basic education will not meet its deadline to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools on Wednesday, the DA said.

It appeared many schools had not received enough textbooks or none at all by early afternoon, Democratic Alliance education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said.

"As the day progresses, it is becoming clear that the deadline for delivering textbooks to all schools in Limpopo will not be met today [Wednesday]," she said in a statement.

Earlier, basic education department director general Bobby Soobrayan said the distribution of textbooks was on track.

"Yesterday [Tuesday] books for Grades 1 to 3 were distributed and today [Wednesday] we are working on Grade 10."

Soobrayan said the last boxes of books were being loaded into trucks at a central warehouse. From there, they would be taken to district warehouses and then delivered to schools.

In May, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution. The application was brought by rights organisation Section 27.

Judge Jody Kollapen ordered the department to devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of the delay, and to supply the affected schools with textbooks by June 15. The department failed to meet the court's deadline.

Systemic problem

Section 27 and the department met on Thursday and agreed that all books would be delivered to schools by or on Wednesday.

Van der Walt said the DA, which was monitoring the roll out of books, was aware of at least 40 schools, in Polokwane and Modimolle alone, that had not received all the books needed, or none at all.

"A systemic problem in all schools with incomplete orders is that they are not receiving the maths and science books they need."

Soobrayan said the department expected that some schools might need extra books if there were administrative errors in the numbers of pupils it had recorded for each school.

To accommodate this, additional books were available.

On Saturday, Congress of the People MP Tshilidzi Ravhuanzwo said "piles and piles" of textbooks and stationery had been dumped, apparently for disposal, at a site in Seshego, near Polokwane.

Opposition parties expressed outrage at the wastage, as thousands of pupils in Limpopo schools had not been supplied with textbooks.

DA provincial spokesperson Jamie Turkington said in a statement the party would monitor the progress of textbook deliveries in Limpopo throughout the day. He said schools had not been notified that the textbooks would be delivered on Wednesday, and some were not prepared to receive them.

"In the Polokwane district, for instance, delivery trucks arrived at Tom Naude High School, but had to be turned away, because no one [at the school] was notified by the department that books were arriving."

He said some schools did not receive their full consignment.

The DA would donate salvaged books to Lotonang Primary School in Seshego later on Wednesday.

"The books we are donating were salvaged from the site where government was paying a contractor to destroy them," Turkington said.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-27 16:55

    The ANC are always crying about education but their utter incompetence is robbing our children of their education !!!

      Werner - 2012-06-27 17:05

      I smell a tender Rat! It looks like our current (competent)textbook supplier will be given the boot because of this fiasco, even though the text books have been ready since the beginning of the year the department didn't supply them with an order number, and as any body knows if you do any thing for the state without an order number you WILL NOT get paid. A new tender will be awarded to a comrade! Watch this space

      Jane Dawson - 2012-06-27 17:05

      So sad that those that need and want education most are denied it. How are they to catch up on 6 months work?

      makenawn - 2012-06-27 17:08

      Arrest the Min. of basic education .Mme Motshega wa swabisa

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-27 17:10

      Delivering the books to 'Regional Warehouses' does not mean the same as delivering books to 'Schools'. Just because they might be off your hands does not mean that you have done the job....... I can just imagine the chaos at the 'Regional Warehouses' right now.

      james.m.wood.773 - 2012-06-27 17:10

      well, I for one am just shocked, I thought for sure they would carry out their promise, after all this is the government we're talking about, they would never let us down would they? I have come to the conclusion, people in SA don't need sex, they get screwed by the government daily!!!

      Godfrey - 2012-06-27 17:11

      One get the feeling that its an anc strategy to NOT educate the masses.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-27 17:14

      Godfrey, sadly you are right. The dumber they can keep their voters, the votes they'll keep winning.

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-06-27 19:10

      Yes Godfrey, their unofficial slogan is: keep them poor, dumb, illeterate and they will vote for you. Just wait and see, by the next election they will get morethan 80% of votes in Zimpompo.

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-06-27 16:56

    Thank you DA.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-27 16:57

    Like we were expecting them to actually achieve something. Useless.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-27 16:58

      That's what happens when you take a disorganised, liberation struggle movement, and give them a government to run

  • Tommo - 2012-06-27 17:01

    We are all so surprised!

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-06-27 18:06

      I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't meet their end of the year deadline. Maybe, madem, it would've been less embarrassing to except the DA's help than to refuse it & be late once again. They suckered you something big time but you are way to thick to realise why.

  • andre.marx - 2012-06-27 17:05

    Surprise .... Surprise

  • Billy - 2012-06-27 17:06

    what are you doing with your time instead of seeing to education?? fire the entire department!

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-27 17:07


  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-27 17:07

    How pathetic. ANC showing what losers they are.

      Barend - 2012-06-27 18:15

      It is actually a sad state of affairs. Those faithful to the ANC will soon realize that nothing will change as long as uneducated leaders try to lead.

  • Erna - 2012-06-27 17:11

    This entire exercise was doomed from the start. In addition to the education department not being able to arrange a p-up in a brewery, all schools are closed for the holidays!

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-06-27 17:17

    Now how did that happen? They really promised!a Well then again with meetings and morning lunches and hearings and e tolls and corruption and protests over service delivery and sour mine water and more promises and crooked police commissioners and competent lady prosecutor and disrespectful juveniles , and overseas trips and incompetent managers and infighting and plans to take from one and give to another and Rhino poaching and state coffers that's fast running dry and ..sorry got to go talk later

  • olorato.gura - 2012-06-27 17:21

    This is just total incompetence at its best..smh

  • leonard.vanvuuren.1 - 2012-06-27 17:23

    Over promise, under deliver. Daily story in SA government departments\r\nA case of 2 little 2 late. Its the 27th of June already for crying out loud!!!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-27 17:24

    That's a lie....the ANC always delivers on their promises. Oh my bad...they deliver for themself.....

      dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-27 17:40

      the struggle is over for democracy but the anc is still fighting a struggle, only this time to fill their goody bags by robbing the poor overly taxed citizen with the help of gordhan.

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-06-27 17:32

    Poor children...........shocking state of affairs ....sis AYNCEE

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-27 17:37

    ANC implements the apartheid system of bantu education because this is the only way they can be in power. keep the masses ignorant and you control them. bastards! 'The DA would donate salvaged books to Lotonang Primary School in Seshego later on Wednesday.' well done DA

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-27 17:38

    I hope beyond hope that Angie is not sitting in a plush conference room at the ANC policy conference while this nightmare drags on. If she cannot get this simple logistical problem right, then she is the last person who should be called upon to devise complicated policy. She really should have been going around to the schools today to personally monitor the situation. Or will she do so on Monday and blame someone else?

  • TheVern69 - 2012-06-27 17:39

    Pathetic! Should be ashamed of yourselves!\r\nResign minister of basic education resign!! Oh sorry, you won't cause then u gonna be minister of f-all hahaha!!

  • mlondolozi.matshini - 2012-06-27 17:43


      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-27 19:45

      im most shamed by the fact that,its our very own that fails us the most.

      Gaby - 2012-06-27 22:17

      It shames me too. I am a mom and a South African.

  • Mgayi - 2012-06-27 17:53

    "In the Polokwane district, for instance, delivery trucks arrived at Tom Naude High School, but had to be turned away, because no one [at the school] was notified by the department that books were arriving." The headmaster's son lives on the school premises , why didn't he receive the books on the school's behalf ?

      emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-06-27 20:08

      too much red tape involved, you cant just accept deliveries of any kind, even if you knew exactly what it is. if its not addressed properly, or there is no notification/authorization then it becomes semi-illegal. they were just following the rules at the school. the minister is supposed to oversee the transactions. she did not do her job. case closed

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-28 10:02

      Hippopotamus crap and you know it, you guys will use any excuse to discredit any black led institution . Somehow I expected these kind of dirty tricks from previously whites only schools to aid the DA's cause to humiliate the ANC led government

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-06-27 18:33

    Who would have thought?!

  • Saamprater - 2012-06-28 06:39

    Any surprises there? Bye Angie, you are the weakest link.

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